"...to the girls in Miss Talcott's set, the attentions of a clever man who had to work for his living had the zest of a forbidden pleasure; but to marry such a man would be as unpardonable as to have one's carriage seen at the door of a cheap dress-maker. Poverty might make a man fascinating; but a settled income was the best evidence of stability of character. If there were anything in heredity, how could a nice girl trust a man whose parents had been careless enough to leave him unprovided for?"
A Cup Of Cold Water is a short story, part of The New York Stories Of Edith Wharton. This passage depicts the materialism widely prevalent in the old New York of Wharton's time. Edith has described with impeccable irony the situation of the hero Woburn who, despite being born into an old family, is poor and how his fascination for Miss Talcott slowly leads him on a journey of self-destruction. #bookstagram #instareads #edithwharton #nyrbclassics #oldnewyork #read #büchersucht #bücherliebe